Business offers advice to combat corrosive road salts

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Winter — especially 2015’s cold, harsh iteration — takes a toll on the vehicles which are forced to travel down treacherous streets. An expert on protecting the exterior of cars said a new method of fighting ice is corroding vehicles faster than ever.

The method is called salt brine, and while the water solution which reaches into the variable surfaces of roadways, making it extremely effective, it is rough on the underbelly of vehicles. It eats metals, corroding vital pieces of vehicles not just because of the rock salt which is known to corrode, but because the salt and water solution is also mixed frequently with magnesium chloride, another corroding agent.

At Delta Sonic, experts familiar with people attempting to fight corrosion, so they offer an under-carriage spray, which protects metal and loosens the salt.

“Flushing out the undercarriage, moving the salt will stop it from eating away at the metals,” Tom Summers, a Delta Sonic supervisor, said. “Also having your vehicle rust proofed, especially a new car, rust proofing it, actually coating this stuff with some type of silicone or tar based rust inhibitor will stop this kind of stuff from happening over the life of the vehicle.”

Experts say in the long-run it saves money to protect cars from corrosive damage.

AAA says drivers spend an average of $6.5 billion each year repairing damage from corrosion. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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